Ah, Summer, the warmest and most exciting time of the year. Summer gives us the longest days and shortest nights. In celebration of a wonderful season I am spotlighting the sounds of summer for your summer play list.
There are tons of great summer songs, too many to spotlight them all. So, this is series one of summer songs for your summer play list.
1 “Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley (Summer of 1956). Make your summer a true experience with the King of Rock and Roll . Elvis easily gets listeners in the mood to have a good time, and that is what summer is all about.
2 “Light My Fire” by The Doors (Summer of ’67). This song comes straight from the summer of ’67, and put The Doors at No. 1 on the pop charts. Jim Morrison’s vocals made their songs seem dangerous and mysterious. I love Ray Mazarek’s organ solo if really made the song.
3 “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles (Summer of ’64). It is just one of the many songs that started Beatlemania. Most everyone can relate to working being working-class and working the nine-to-five shift. John Lennon and Paul McCartney certainly make you want to party all night.
4 “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets (1955). First released in the movie Blackboard Jungle and is noted as the first single to represent juvenile delinquency. An entire nation understood the delivery, and felt it’s restless abandon.
5 “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris (Summer of ’63). Entertainment Weekly claims this song has been covered by every garage band in America, amazingly enough I only recall the version by The Surfaris. This song easily covers the abandonment of summer with it’s simple grooves and unforgettable melody. Makes ya want to go surfing, swimming, and tanning – at the beach, of course!
6 “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane (Summer of ’67). Grace Slick made this three minute song a fantastic journey and filled it’s essence into psychedelic subtext that talks about chess pieces, pills, and ‘shrooms. This song expands your mind, without a doubt.
7 “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow (Summer ’94). This is a great mindless summer single that makes you want to kick back and catch some rays. The song was released as a single the same year that I met my husband, and we use to ride around listening to it (PS- We’ve also got married in 1994, still married at 15 years). This song is sure to get your summer groove on. Another good summer Crow song, Everyday is a Winding Road.
8 “Waterfalls” by TLC (Summer 1995). Ghetto stories and the water, what could be better?
9 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones (Summer of ’65). Mick Jagger made this song a masterpiece and became the outcry of adolescents everywhere, who felt they too couldn’t get no satisfaction. This song is an inescapable feel-good song.
10 “What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner (1984). “What’s love, but a second hand emotion.” Her songs are always powerful and anthem-like.
11 “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s (1982). This one always reminds me of summer and cascading waves, which is where I would chose to have my vacation. A little mindless fun is what summer is all about. “Vacation all I ever wanted, time to get away.”
12 “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992). We’ve all had those times when we think no one understands us. This song is perfect for long strolls on the beach to maybe get a little perspective on life.
13 “Little Red Corvette” by Prince (1982).
14 “Wild Thing” by The Troggs (1966). Get wild, and get your tan on. Wild Thing I think I love ya. It’s timeless!
15 “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner 1978. This song is a must-have for your summer play list.
16 “Radar Love” by Golden Earring. 1974. A cool, fun, grooving song that makes you feel good. It just does.
17 “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (1995). Every music list requires a bit of R&B soul, and this one satisfies the criteria. This song actually makes me think of Batman & Robin, yes, the movie. Regardless, the song remains timeless. It’s true, but you can deny it all you want.
18 “Takin’ Care of Business” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974). They make fun of working stiffs and talk about living like rock-stars, and living the high life, everyday.
19 “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga. Gaga is all about the fun, as she proves with Alejandro, who is hot like Mexico. Maybe a little too much fun.
20 “My Prerogative” by Bobbie Brown. It’s unforgettable and undeniable, much like Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobbi. This song takes me back to a few wild summers. Sorry, my lips are sealed.
Stay tuned for more summer songs for your summer play list. Series 2 will arrive shortly. If you haven’t already added me to favorites, or if you aren’t already a “follower” of my work please do so now, so you don’t miss anything.
Enjoy your summer!
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